The Jimmy Show

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Frank Whaley
The Jimmy Show is the story of Jimmy O'Brien, a stand-up comedian - and not a very good one - which explains his day job at Tops Grocery. Like any dreamer, Jimmy yearns to escape his working class roots and make it big, if not for the nagging details of his small life. Jimmy lives with his high school sweetheart Annie, their daughter Wendy and his wheelchair-bound Grandmother Ruth in a sagging house propped among the stark suburban sprawl of blue-collar New Jersey. Burdened with a run-down car, Ruth?s failing health and a quick succession of low-paying jobs, Jimmy is torn between devotion to his family and the relentless echo of his adolescent dreams. As the pressure of his home-life mounts, Jimmy finds release amid a lonely stretch of comedy clubs along the Jersey Turnpike. Like a poor man?s Lenny Bruce, Jimmy lets fly with a biting commentary on the naked details of his life. As Jimmy?s situation devolves with each passing year, so too does his routine, until the line between persona and reality is blurred entirely. In the uncompromising style of his acclaimed feature debut Joe the King, Frank Whaley's The Jimmy Show explores an America where dreams are sometimes few and far between. With honesty, compassion and wit, The Jimmy Show reminds us that sometimes what we?re searching for has been there all along.moreless

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  • 50

    New York Daily News Jack Mathews

    The movie is as unpleasant as its hero, and the film audience gets no more for its money than the customers at the Laughing Stock. Still, watching Whaley take Jimmy down his tortur...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The kind of movie that is a must to avoid on a bad day. Even on a good one, it could send you into a funk.

  • 30

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Pic has a stagy, boxed-in feel. Both visually and energetically, it suggests something that has been done onstage to the point of mechanized repetition. And even though Whaley is s...

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Comedy, Drama


Independent, Dark Comedy